Call me superficial but the majority of the appeal of studying film derives from watching those with luscious mise-en-scene, not those that play with narrative convention or employ Brechtian techniques of distanciation (I’m looking at you Godard…). As part of genre studies, we’re doing a mini-case study on Dracula films. This week, it’s Ford-Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which is surely the epitome of shite, wooden acting and sumptuous sets and costumery.
The abundance of gothic attire got me thinking about Robert Geller‘s rather vampiric offering for AW09. This season’s man was a pallid (and perhaps undead?) fellow looking dashing circa 1900. But it wasn’t a festering lot of period costume, rather it was version of dark dressing made appropriate for the contemporary Count through the inclusion of leather trousers and accessories and the use of layering of simply cut separates.
Hats are that little bit Van Helsing – wide-brimmed and reminiscent of a traditional Pilgrim and Boss of the plains hybrid model. The addition of the v. vampire-esque (well, the trad kind…think Lestat in Interview with a Vampire) neckwear in knife-sharp-canine white, coagulated blood red, and black, completes the ensemble. These accessories are more affectionately known as “draped dangly bits” by one Tim Blanks, so I’m resting assured it is, of course, the technical term.
Robert Geller AW09
Any other devilish sources of inspiration for dress? If yes, do make them known below.
Images from Men’s Style